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14/12/2016 14:38
Snow Volleyball officially recognised by Russian Ministry of Sports
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Moscow, Russia, December 14, 2016. Snow Volleyball has been officially recognised a sport at the end of a meeting organised in Moscow where the application for such acknowledgment was unanimously accepted by a Special Commission established at the Russian Ministry of Sports. The representatives of the Ministry wished much success to the Russian Volleyball Federation in their efforts to develop and popularise Snow Volleyball, hoping that national and international Snow Volleyball competitions will be soon taking place in Russia.

The application was submitted by the General Director of the Russian Beach Sports Association, Mr Ilya Volodarskiy, who is also a member of the FIVB and European Beach Volleyball Commissions.

“December 14 will remain as a milestone. With today we started a completely new stage in the development of Snow Volleyball in Russia,” Mr Volodarskiy said. “Last year this sport was officially recognised by the CEV and the first edition of a European Tour was held as well. It’s nice that the Russian Ministry of Sports has decided to support our initiative and now recognised Snow Volleyball. We have huge plans to organise a number of national and international Snow Volleyball activities in Russia. I am sure that there is a bright future ahead for this sport.”

A first Snow Volleyball event on Russian soil was held this past May at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort in Sochi with an exhibition match played at an altitude of 2,320 m – the highest ever for any kind of Volleyball match. A first European Tour had taken place earlier this year with stops in the Czech Republic, Austria and Italy – with Russian Volleyball Federation President and CEV Vice President Stanislav Shevchenko strongly supporting the initiative.

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